Alison Lester
About the author

Alison Lester

Alison Lester grew up on a farm by the sea, and first rode a horse as a baby in her father's arms. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special. Alison is involved in many community art projects and spends part of every year travelling to remote Indigenous communities, using her books to help children and adults write and draw about their own lives.In 2012, Alison became Australia's first Children's Book Laureate, a position she shared with Boori Monty Pryor. In 2016, she was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature, and in 2018 she became the first children's book creator to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature, for her outstanding contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life. In 2019, Alison was awarded an Australia Post Legends Award and featured on a stamp, as well as being the recipient of a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.

Books by Alison Lester

Alison Lester Articles

Wild and Free: Review of The Painted Ponies by Alison Lester

Review

4 November 2019

Wild and Free: Review of The Painted Ponies by Alison Lester

Behind the Painted Ponies: Alison Lester Shares the Inspiration for her New Book

News | Author Related

4 November 2019

Behind the Painted Ponies: Alison Lester Shares the Inspiration for her New Book

The Very Noisy Baby by Alison Lester

Kids & Ya

7 November 2017

The Very Noisy Baby by Alison Lester

Alison Lester on indigenous literacy and how reading opens doors

Kids & Ya

30 August 2016

Alison Lester on indigenous literacy and how reading opens doors